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Rajpath is one of the two great streets of Sir Edwin Lutyens' great architectural design for the city of New Delhi. Lutyens won the commission to design the new city when the capital of India moved to Delhi in 1911 and it took 20 years to bring to fruition. Rajpath was originally known as Kingsway in pre-Independence days and it's sister street was Queensway, now known as Janpath. Rajpath and Janpath cross at the mid-point of a diamond which is marked out by India Gate at the Eastern end and the Secretariat and Presidential Palace at the other. In total, Rajpath is two miles long and its width makes it ideal for parades and processions, the most famous of which is the annual Republic Day Parade on January 26th. Either side of Janpath there are neat wide lawns and long narrow pools of water making the area one of the largest public spaces in the city and a popular place for picnics.
The National Museum in Delhi is home to more than 200 000 artifacts reflecting more than 5000 years of Indian history and prehistory, it was purpose built as a home for the nation's treasures. The museum's collection of Indus River Valley Relics from Harrapa and Mohenjo Daro is particularly noteworthy and the collection of Silk Road treasures from Central Asia is one of the finest in the world. The museum is laid out over three floors and has frequent special temporary exhibitions. The National Museum is closed on Mondays and public holidays. Normal opening hours are 10.00 to 17.00. Entry for those who are not Indian Nationals is 300 rupees (approx 4.2 €) which includes a free audio tour. All but the smallest bags must be left at the left luggage office and all visitors are subject to security checks and bag x-rays. The Museum is to the south of New Delhi city centre on Janpath, just to the south of Rajpath.
India Gate was designed by British architect Lutyens, the man responsible for most of New Delhi's architecture. The gate is a 42m high arch which was built in 1931 to commemorate the war dead of India who died in World War One. The faces of the arch are inscribed with the names of soldiers. In 1971 an eternal flame was added to honour the Immortal Soldier. Standing just behind the arch is a red sandstone canopy which in pre-independence days held a statue of George V and now stands empty. The surrounding area is a pleasant green park with facilities for pedal boats, lots of food and souvenir vendors and plenty of taxis. Visitors should be warned that the traffic is shocking and it may take some time to cross the roads. There is no fee to visit and the arch is als well viewed at night when it is attractively floodlit.
Paharganj was once at the heart of the city of Shahjahanabad, the city built by Shahjahan which represents one of Delhi's earlier reincarnations. It held an important role as the location of the only one of the city's five markets which was within the city walls. Today visitors will find a lively and congested area close to the centre of the city and convenient for the New Delhi Railway Station. The area is particularly popular with young international backpackers because it offers accommodation and restaurants that target the traveler on a low budget. The area is situated just to the north of Connaught Place and is one of three administrative sub-divisions of Central Delhi along with Karol Bagh and Daryaganj.
The Indira Gandhi Museum is the home of Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of India who was assassinated in 1984. It was converted into a museum and visitors can see many of her belongings and personal effects, even the sari that she was wearing at the time of her assassination. Visitors can listen to recordings of her speeches and see photographs of her, right back to her childhood. In the garden, at the site of her assassination, drops of her spilled blood are preserved behind glass frames.